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Prince Charles, who is marching sixty-two thousand men, full of conquest and revenge, to regain his own country1. I most cordially wish him success, and that his bravery may recover what his abject brother2 gave up so tamely, and which he takes as little personal pains to regain. It is not at all determined whether we are to carry the war into France. It is ridiculous enough! we have the name of war with Spain, without the thing; and war with France without the name!
The maiden heroes of the Guards are in great wrath with General Ilton, who kept them out of harm's way. They call him 'the Confectioner,' because he says he preserved them.
The week before I left Houghton my father had a most dreadful accident: it had near been fatal; but he escaped miraculously. He dined abroad, and went up to sleep. As he was coming down again, not quite awakened, he was surprised at seeing the company through a glass-door which he had not observed: his foot slipped, and he, who is now entirely unwieldy and helpless, fell at once down the stairs against the door, which had it not been there, he had dashed himself to pieces, into a stone hall. He cut his forehead two inches long to the pericranium, and another gash upon his temple; but, most luckily, did himself no other hurt, and was quite well again before I came away.
I find Lord Stafford married to Miss Cantillon; they^are to live half the year in London, half in Paris. Lord Lincoln is soon to marry his cousin Miss Pelham: it will be great joy to the whole house of Newcastle.
There is no determination yet come about the Treasury. Most people wish for Mr. Pelham; few for Lord Carteret ; none for Lord Bath. My Lady Townshend said an admirable
LETTER 125.—* Lorraine.                  surrendered
2 Francis, G-rand Duke of Tuscany,      (1735). elder brother of Prince Charles.   He
Lorraine   to   France